The National Folk Festival Announces Special Program to Mark the 100th Anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising

Easter Uprising

The National Folk Festival has announced plans to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising with a very special program.

Over the course of the weekend a number of events will take place covering the history of Ireland’s revolutionary cultural and language movement that was born in Easter Rising in 1916. These events include:

National Folk Festival Remembers the Easter Rising

This was one of the most pivotal events in modern Irish history and was an armed insurrection that took place, mostly in Dublin, during Easter Week 1916. This illustrated historical presentation at the Festival’s Trocadero venue focuses on the significance of the 1916 Easter Rising through music and narrative in both English and Irish headed by John Spillane and Band with choir, and will be narrated by Maurice O’Sullivan.

Easter Friday 3:20pm and Easter Monday 10:00am, Trocadero, Exhibition Park

National Folk Festival Celebrates the Journey of a Nation Rising

The Irish have had a significant impact on Australia, its music and its culture from convict days to the present through both forced and free immigration. These concerts celebrate our connection with Ireland in dance, music & song from rich Celtic music to fiddle and concertina tunes, to the otherworldly sounds of the harp.

There will be 4 Events, one for each of the Provinces of Ireland
Fri 12:30pm Lyric (Ulster) Siobhan Owen
Sat 12:30pm Lyric (Connacht) Coolfinn Mac with Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers
Sun 12:30pm Coorong (Munster) Dance Event – An Afternoon of Cork & Kerry Sets
Mon 12:30pm Lyric (Leinster) Ciaran O’Grady, Aifric Boylan and Graeme Newell with Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers

Gala Easter Rising Concert

On Easter Monday the Gala Easter Rising Concert will present two of the Festival’s headline Irish acts, Colum Sands and the Rambling Boys. County Down Grammy-shortlisted songwriter Colum Sands is a poet disguised as a songwriter, and a singer disguised as a storyteller. Colum will bring you an unforgettable intimate performance, enchanting you with classic Irish traditional songs as well as his own original folk songs. The Rambling Boys feature some of Ireland’s finest traditional and folk music exports taking to the stage. Performing blistering infectious tunes and emotional heartfelt ballads, the musicians of The Rambling Boys have played with the likes of Damien Dempsey and Declan O’Rourke.

Easter Monday 2:40pm Colum Sands, & 3:30pm The Rambling Boys, Budawang, Exhibition Park

The 50th National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 24th to 28th March. Earlybird tickets are available now via the official site.

1 Comment

  1. February 12, 2016 at 14:51

    […] – The National Folk Festival has programmed a number of events to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Ireland Easter Rising. Details here […]


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